Super 14 week 1

Written by dean oelschig (deanoelsch)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 17 Feb 2010 at 10:04
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So for my first post on Sharksworld I have started what will be a weekly wrap up and an ongoing prediction of the log at the end of the season… It will hopefully be out on Mondays going forward but right now, better late than never!

And so there were 7 unbeaten teams left! The last month of speculation yielded similar results to predicting Lotto numbers and the first week of the 2010 Super 14 is now behind us. An interesting weekend where the biggest talking point won’t be the rugby but the new laws and the refs’ interpretation of them. (Note to self: Try be neutral in the Sharks review, judge the rugby and try not blame the *&%$ (@&(£ @$* %£$ ref. I will do my best.)

Blues (20) vs Hurricanes (34)
After the first 10 minutes, and loads of penalties, the game eventually proved one thing – the importance of the flyhalf role. 14 men dressed in Blue were exactly as good as Stephen Brett the entire game. Brett started off sublimely and the Blues were 20-6 up at one point. As if he was making sweet lovingness to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, he lasted 30 minutes and then went to sleep. And with that came the end to the Blues challenge (no pun intended). The Canes scored 28 unanswered points and won comfortably in the end. Brett needs to be more like a porn star and last 80 minutes if the Blues are to perform in this tournament and the Canes looked ok once they got going in the 2nd 40. The Blues started their season with 0 log points while the Canes did no harm to their pre-tournament tags as a good bet for the final 4. Quote of the weekend, “he is digging in that ruck that like a home sick mole.”

Force (15) vs Brumbies (24)
This game was a lot closer than the score suggests. It would have been an absolute hiding had the Brumbies had their star signings. Giteau pulled out on Thursday while Rocky Elsom was withdrawn on Friday morning which was exactly too late and cost me huge as he was in my fantasy rugby side. With a name like that you need to harden the f%$* up Rocky! The Brumbies do look good though and all the hype of them being the top Australian contenders seem to be true as their competition, the Tahs, seem to have spent the off season doing everything but rugby. With Giteau and Elsom pretty much certain to be back this week, they will be pretty good but will go through the rugby equivalent of hell when they face the Blue machine at Loftus. Good luck sunshines. The Force’s threat on this year’s trophy is going to be as dangerous as a 5 year old girl with a lollipop. They will be good workout games for a lot of teams but I doubt they will threaten the top 12 of the log. They fly to New Zealand to face Hurricane Nonu and co this weekend. BP on the cards.

Cheetahs (34) vs Bulls (51)
If the Cheetahs played every game the way they play the Bulls, they would win more than they lose. The Boer-Boer war always seems to produce great rugby and this one was no different and easily the game of the week. Let’s be positive for the Bloem team. They managed to scored 3 tries and 34 points against a pretty mighty Bulls team though it must be noted that with 51 points on the board your defense is more Pearl Harbour than Normandy. The most ridiculous part of the match was when the timing of Nokwe grounding a deserved try was met with that of Stegmann’s swinging and unplanned right foot and the ball didn’t touch grass. That might just have changed things! I think the Sharks need to do a lot to beat this Cheetahs team on Friday night. Let’s however look at the Bulls. Scoring over 100 points in their last 2 Super 14 games including last year’s final, they are my MASSIVE favourites early on this year and have carried on from last year with no apparent break. Steyn dominated (which I give him full permission to continue to do for the next 20 months), Fourie was his usual perfection and I am sad to say Wynand Goldilocks got man of the match. That hurts me as much as Earl Rose getting the honour although we know that won’t happen in this lifetime. Bulls look lethal and betting against them is as foolish as awarding a penalty for offsides against a team that is in possession of the ball and hasn’t knocked it on.

Crusaders (32) vs Highlanders (17)
This game was a fresh reminder as why I hate Superbru so much. My prediction of 8 was spot on (25-17) in the 80th minute with Highlanders in possession. Jimmy so-easy-to-hate-that-face Cowan tried some kind of reverse backward flick pass across the field which the Saders collected and jogged over for a bonus point try and a 15 point victory, a margin and bonus point they certainly didn’t deserve. The game itself was like watching paint grow and grass dry. Carter marshaled for most of the game and they scored some lucky tries but the Saders always seem in control and in recent years they tend to only use 2nd or 3rd gear, whatever is required just to get over the hill. I still think they are the top Kiwi side but we will know for sure when they play the other top teams. That won’t happen this week when they travel to Queensland but the Reds might elicit a more exciting Saders game, a good game to watch! The Highlanders meanwhile face the Blues at home and might just cause an upset but as the bottom 2 New Zealand teams, who really cares (except for Superbru of course)?

Reds (28) vs Waratahs (30)
Well. This game certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons. I didn’t expect the Reds to be as proficient without Barnes and co and expected the Waratahs to look a lot better. An 81st minute Palu try left the Reds fans’ feeling like the Sharks’ but luckily their local supporters behave a lot better than the Durban scum. The Reds just don’t have the forwards to really set about a structured approach (that’s what will let them down against any decent team) and here they chose to play sevens rugby instead. It almost worked against a (hungover??) Tahs side which just had the class to pull them through in the end. I predicted last week that the Tahs will be in the semi finals but I can now safely assume I was wrong. They look good for a top 8 spot but maybe, just maybe, the Reds do too. The Reds host the Saders which they will feel pretty enthusiastic about until misery hits home during the 3rd quarter and Carter takes control. The Tahs have a very interesting game near a beer factory in Cape Town. More on that later.

Lions (13) vs Stormers (26)
What the hell was that game about? Except for 5 minutes before half time, the score was 13-12 to the Lions in 75 minutes of rugby that had the quality you would expect to see from an under 11 girls wheelchair team. The Stormers fans must be wondering what happened during the 10 minutes between each half. Instead of Rassie Erasmus giving the half-time team talk, some Indian bookie had a little chat and told them not to score any more points. Fans need to pray that the 2nd half performance by the Stormers is the worst they play all season because if they had been playing against an actual rugby team, they would have been in serious trouble. I think this is also the last year we will see the Lions come 14th because from next year, they will be coming 15th. They are pathetic and so is Carlos Spencer who thought he was playing trick rugby and failed. The Lions are hosting a Chiefs try scoring practice session at Ellis Park this weekend while the Stormers host the Waratahs. The result of the latter is going to set one team up for a decent season while the other team might start to panic. If the Tahs win in Cape Town, Stormers are going to really struggle for the next 13 weeks while if they manage to lift their game and win, it will give them a kick start. Whatever happens this Saturday, right now both these teams have 4 points under their belt and are somehow undefeated. In 5 days time, I think the blue team will win.

Sharks (18) vs Chiefs (19)
Really not sure what to say about this game without blaming 2 complete morons, the ref and Bismark du Plessis. The ref certainly played a part but let’s pretend he did know what he was doing. The Sharks had the wrong team on the park and weren’t helped by the loss of Muller and Mostert before half time. The only time Keegan Daniels and Ryan Kankowski like tight, wet games is with a lady. They really don’t do well in these kinds of conditions and Botes made that show when he came on the field and improved things massively. Also making a difference was the half-fit Ruan Pienaar who has no choice but will now be flyhalf for the season and hopefully stays fit if the Sharks hope to position themselves in single figures on the log. Monty Dumond should be playing rugby on Monday nights though. The Chiefs seemed to hang in there for the first half and would have had their first try early in the 2nd half if it weren’t for the best defensive wing in the tournament, JP Pieterson who just needs to learn how to attack now. The Sharks were kept in the game and eventually put 9 points clear through Terblanche’s solidity at fullback and Kockott’s goal kicking. In the 74th minute, Bismark du Plessis then embarked on an act of stupidity at a level that would, in a corporate environment, warrant a CCMA hearing and cost his team the game. The Sharks did show for 2 and a half seconds that they could be a decent side with Kockott and Pienaar running the show and suddenly the importance of Ruan is similar to Steyn for the Bulls and Carter for the Saders. I do however think that the Sharks need to be realistic now and aim to win 3 of their next 6 games which, with their tour, is going to be tough. If they lose to the Cheetahs this weekend their season is over before it began! The Chiefs, however, look like they are going to be on the higher parts of the log and this Friday night I expect the Circus Lions to concede more than a Paul Harris spell.

So, after one weekend of rugby, I have revised my predictions for the log at the end of the season:

Sharks/Stormers (Tied to avoid controversy right now. We can all hope right?)

Peace out.


  • “The Force’s threat on this year’s trophy is going to be as dangerous as a 5 year old girl with a lollipop.” – she might just be able to take one’s eye out with the stick ;-) AND, btw, are 5 year old boys with lollipops more dangerous? :evil:
    Thanks for the article though, appreciate you sharing your views on the first week :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.02.10 10:54:25 by diablo Reply
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  • Good post Dean, keep it up :cool:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.02.10 10:56:00 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • ha ha, great read!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.02.10 10:56:52 by willa Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 1) : The Force have now lost Pocock and Brown too. They are really looking bad this season and I think the Canes are going to do exactly that to them!

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.02.10 10:59:08 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • Force to battle it out with the Lions for the `Spoon . ..

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.02.10 11:05:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @deanoelsch (Comment 4) : Read the news on 365 – shamepies, poor Force, they are really having a torrid time. :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.02.10 11:05:57 by diablo Reply

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    7. DEYSEL
    9. KOCKETT
    10. RUAN
    11. JP
    12. ADRIAN
    13. WAYLON
    14. ODWA
    15. STEF
    16. BIZ
    17. DEON
    18. ALBERTS
    19. KEEGAN
    20. CHARL
    21. MONTY
    22. DRIES

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.02.10 11:07:43 by JJR Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : Not even the Lions will be able to make the Force look good… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.02.10 11:08:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I can’t belive i was announced so early, it is a miracle.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.02.10 11:08:47 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : HAHAH. Bismark, take that you idiot! Hope you learn your lesson now. Problem is one du Plessis replaces the other! Nice team! It’s nice, I like!

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.02.10 11:09:14 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : Nice one :mrgreen: Bizzie of the bench and Smit at hooker, we might win this one :cool:

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.02.10 11:10:34 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : Still no Rhodes and still no Swannie…but not a bad team at all….I can feel some butterflies looking at this team…excitement is growing

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.02.10 11:12:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • There is alot more balance this week, and i am chuffed to hear that alberts covers lock very well. This is good for our depth in the position and gives kankow a bit more time to show his worth. So chuffed john at 2, woo hoo.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.02.10 11:13:08 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 9) : Cant believe it either…was a no brainer however, so not even Plum would have to wait till thursday… :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.02.10 11:13:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • hope theres no injuries in the backs,looks a little dodgy

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.02.10 11:13:58 by willa Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : Back @ 12 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.02.10 11:14:01 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 11) : 4 sure team looks better, our scrum will also be better with john at 2. Adi can hopfully spark some attack from inside.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.02.10 11:14:18 by JJR Reply
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  • I’d like to see Grant10 dancing in the streets of Cape Town when he hears Smit is at 2… :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.02.10 11:15:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Rhodes is not really much loss if Alberts can cover lock well, which it seems he can. But, ja swannie i would like back.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.02.10 11:15:39 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : there is a new post

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.02.10 11:16:23 by war1 Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 16) : Yup, hope he does well, from when i was a kid i loved how adi attack the gaps.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.02.10 11:16:57 by JJR Reply
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  • Well I hope Swannie and Ludik will be fit to join us on tour, Go Sharkies :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.02.10 11:17:46 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • This side looks so much better…and good on you Plum for dropping Bismarch to the bench.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.02.10 11:18:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • same as the semis last year, no wing replacement?????

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.02.10 11:18:21 by willa Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 20) : Oh, Shot, sorry.

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.02.10 11:18:40 by JJR Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 16) : :mrgreen: u better defend and attack well or you’ll be back at 13 :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.02.10 11:19:34 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 25) : not a prob, recently posted ;-)

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.02.10 11:19:43 by war1 Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 24) : maybe move one of adi or waylon to wing if there is an injury

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.02.10 11:20:40 by war1 Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 24) : Murray for wing if need be I imagine.

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.02.10 11:21:42 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 28) : Agree, they both do a good job on the wings.

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.02.10 11:22:40 by JJR Reply
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  • Comment 31, posted at 17.02.10 11:23:40 by willa Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : That is a much better team! John at 2!, Adi in, Ruan at flyhalf, Bis on the bench. Now I’m happy!

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.02.10 11:26:14 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 26) : :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.02.10 11:30:40 by Charlie Reply

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  • Brilliant article man.

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.02.10 11:36:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 31) : I second and third that :!: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.02.10 11:37:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • A bit harsh on the Lions first game out ..early days ,you may be right then again you may not.
    Ill reserve judgement how useless the Lions are after game 3.

    top 10 finish ..Believe

    Sharks and Bulls to occupy bottom spots :evil:

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.02.10 14:30:47 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 36) : i actually agree with that assessment, the game was just bad. it seemed like neither team had a game plan, especially in the 1st half. jacques coetzee and burton francis made a difference to the lions when they came on

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.02.10 14:35:26 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 37) :
    Im not disagreeing ..really :razz: but lets look at the Lions squad, hell that team would struggle in the CC , its the same old same old with the Lions new coach re-building yada yada but thats the reality of a Lions supporter.

    whats gets me and this is not a dig at you or the writer but all Iv been reading is how kak the Lions are and that they should join the Bulls , mostly justified depending on ones alligence.
    I know when the likes of the Bulls and the Sharks were bottom feeders me personally didn’t go round slating the team and hoping for a unions demise.

    Worst is alot of brilliant players come from our union.

    Yes we are kak I know but I still hope for an improvement.

    A top 10 finish would be a excellent achievment , heres hoping.

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.02.10 14:46:23 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 38) : dick needs to be brave and drop carlos if he is not performing, lots of talented young players at the lions now, and muir is the man who would be brave enough to blood them, pity for lions fans he will be with the boks during the currie cup. wikus van heerden was a big signing for the lions

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.02.10 14:52:54 by war1 Reply
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  • We were loads better in the 2nd half and hopefully we can build on that next game out. The Lions are the Chiefs bogey team away.

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.02.10 14:53:16 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 38) : Don’t get despondent, at least with Dick he actualy starts shaking the tree imediately…just needs to gel, guaranteed you’ll see an improved performance from the Lions.

    Dick was able to resurect a Sharks team that was destroyed by Straeuli and then Putts, anyone able to fix that deserves a medal.

    They might only be good for the odd upset this year, but by CC you’ll be much bigger and better. Just give it a bit more time, knowing after Loffie that is hard, but Dick has a proven track record.

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.02.10 14:55:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 39) : Think Carlos is only being played as to not overwhelm Frances…get him used to the position and allow him to make it his own with Carlos taking the pressure.

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.02.10 14:57:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 39) :
    You right I still think the main rationale behind Carlos signing was for him to pass some of his experience over to the youngsters in the squad.
    Wickus is a good signing he has bled for the jersey in past years and perhaps come CC Dicks vision has filtered through whatever it is .. I do rate him as a coach and hope he can achieve what many before him have failed to do build a consistent team.Im not after trophies ..just yet :cool: just to regain a bit of respect that the union once had..

    Not asking much :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.02.10 14:59:55 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 38) : Dude, they deserve it. Instead of holding on to quality players like Fourie and even Habana for example, they shop overseas for tired flyhalves like Spencer… Lions have no excuse but to be a top 6 Super 14 side but they can’t get their A into G… Muir won’t help this, it’s deeper down where the issues arises and until we see an attempt to hold on to decent youngsters (like Rory Kockott for example) they will get stick…

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.02.10 15:01:11 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • @deanoelsch (Comment 44) :

    You right , shoddy s$%T management has led us here .. to hang onto players like that a Union needs money and who would have thought a proper contract ..imagine the frustration !

    Sharks and Bulls supporters don’t know how lucky they have it as far as having a sound management and proper stuctures in place.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.02.10 15:08:39 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 45) : Water tight contract would have gone a long way in securing JF, WA and LL…three top class players due to poor contracts…elementry my dear watson.

    But I still say, you watch Dick work his magic, he’s not just into coaching, he gets structures in place to secure the young talent….just wait and see…I wish we still had him at the Sharks, he left one year too soon.

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.02.10 15:14:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 45) : @deanoelsch (Comment 44) : Jean Deysel was a Lion too and they didn’t even offer him a contract :shock:

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.02.10 15:27:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • No doubt the Lions had numb-nuts doing the hiring. With Dick there all of that will change….did he not discover Bis, Ruan, Waylon, Barrit, Kanko and Frans for the Sharks? If not him they were however signed during his reign at the Sharks.

    The man is a visionary.

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.02.10 15:35:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 48) : He also discovered JPP and when he found him he was playing lock for a club team :shock:

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.02.10 15:50:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 49) : What?! hectic man… :lol: …now see that’s the work of a visionary…it will be good for SA rugby if he can achieve the same with the Lions…if he’s able to get them back on their feet, he’s next stop should be the not so mighty elephants…might even be worth making him director of rugby in SA (not that it will ever happen, but it would be nice)

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.02.10 15:57:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 50) : so I’ve been told, from club lock to RWC winning wing

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.02.10 16:00:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 48) : Well let’s hope he spends some time at Pirate’s etc and spots real talent and makes them grow. With Muir there, he might really grow and recognise the talent that has to exist coming out of Joburg schools and clubs! Hopefully he stays long enough to have an impact!

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.02.10 16:16:31 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • GREAT 1st post Deanoelsch. Well done.

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.02.10 16:26:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : me reckons lions will surprise.

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.02.10 19:42:02 by rekinek Reply
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